Pantry Upgrade

By RYOBI Nation

SKILL
intermediate

Transform your old pantry into a modern masterpiece with this step-by-step DIY Pantry Upgrade!

Tools

  • Miter Saw
  • Tape Measure
  • Stud Finder
  • Brad Nailer
  • Orbit Sander
  • Drill

Accessories

  • 25 PC. ROUND SHANK BLACK OXIDE DRILL BIT SET

Materials

  • #10 x 2-1/2" Flat Head Wood Screws
  • #6 x 5/8" Flat Head Wood Screws
  • 1" x (8,10,12") x 8' Board (Depth can vary to meet your needs)
  • 1" x 6" Steel Mending Plate
  • 1"x2"x8' Wood Board
  • 1-1/2" 18 Gauge Collated Nails

Steps

Step 1

Take note of the current position of the shelves in your pantry if you want to place the new shelves in the same location. Remove current shelving and patch any holes/paint wall as needed.

Lumber Layout Guide

Step 2

Measure the width of your pantry to determine the materials as needed. Multiply that by the number of shelves being installed.

Tools

Tape Measure

Step 3

Sand down your boards so the paint or stain goes on evenly. Paint or stain shelving boards, wall supports, and trim boards.

Tools

Sander

Materials

1" x (8, 10, 12") x 8' Board, 1"x 2" x 8' Board, Paint

Step 4

Measure the width of the pantry at the location of where the shelf is to be installed. Dimensions may vary, so measure for each shelf location. Use the following steps for shelf location.

Tools

Tape Measure
Step 4

Step 5

Cut 1" x 2" wall support boards to length. Locate studs and mount boards to back wall. Nail to wall using brad nails. Pre-drill each hole to using 7/64" drill bit, then countersink each hole for a screw head. Screw in using 2-1/2" screws.

Tools

Miter Saw, Brad Nailer, Drill, Stud Finder, Drill Bit Set

Materials

Brad Nails, 1" x 2" x 8' Wood Board
Step 5

Step 6

Measure the pantry sides to cut the side shelf supports. Repeat step 5 to attach 1" x 2" supports on both sides. Align the boards with the back supports and keep them level.

Tools

Miter Saw, Tape Measure, Stud Finder, Brad Nailer, Drill

Materials

1" x 2" x 8' Wood Board, Brad Nailer
Step 6

Step 7

Measure the distances on each side of the door. Repeat step 5 to attach the 1" x 2" supports on both sides. This will leave supports longer than the depth of the shelves to attach to stud location. You can also use drywall anchors as an option.

Tools

Miter Saw, Tape Measure, Stud Finder, Brad Nailer, Drill.

Materials

1" x 2" x 8' Wood Board
Step 7

Step 8

Double check measurements before cutting the back shelves. Then cut the shelves.

Tools

Tape Measure, Miter Saw

Materials

1" x (8, 10, 12") x 8' Board
Step 8

Step 9

After cutting the back shelves, lay them upside down. Place 6" plates across half of the board and leave 3/4" off the edge. Attach with 5/8" wood screws.

Tools

Drill, Tape Measure

Materials

#6 5/8" Flat Head Wood Screws
Step 9

Step 10

Place back shelf on top of wall supports. Attach by using 1-1/2" brad nails along the perimeter into the support boards. Do the same for each shelf.

Tools

Brad Nailer

Materials

1-1/2" brad nails
Step 10

Step 11

Measure the length of your sides shelves from the wall inside the door way to the front of the back shelf. Cut your shelves to the correct size.

Tools

Miter Saw, Tape Measure

Materials

1" x (8, 10, 12") x 8' Board
Step 11

Step 12

Place the side shelves on top of the wall supports. Attach by using 1-1/2" brad nails along the perimeter into the support boards. Do the same for each shelf.

Tools

Brad Nailer

Materials

1-1/2" 18-Gauge Brad Nails
Step 12

Step 13

On the underside of the shelves, finish attaching the plates with 5/8" wood screws.

Tools

Drill

Materials

#6 5/8" Flat Head Wood Screws
Step 13

Step 14

Measure the distance between shelves. Cut Trim board to length. Attach with 1-1/2" Brad Nails.

Tools

Tape Measure, Miter Saw, Brad Nailer

Materials

1" x 2" x 8' Wood Board, 1-1/2" 18 Gauge Brad Nails
Step 14

Step 15

Measure the distance between the shelf and the wall. Cut 1" x 2" trim board to length. Attach with 1-1/2" brad nails. Do the same for all shelves. Touch up with paint as needed.

Tools

Tape Measure, Brad Nailer, Miter Saw

Materials

1" x 2" x 8' Wood Board, 1-1/2" 18 Gauge Brad Nails, Paint
Step 15